hi this will be the new intro for the die cutting page on thomasnet, what are some opinions.
Die cutting is a type of manufacturing used to create a large amount of objects of the same shape, the process can be analog or CNC. A die is the tool used to cut and shape the object, they are sharp blades bent to the desired shape. The operations are often named after the die that performs the job, such as blanking , shaving, broaching and trimming. Rotary die cutting is uses a cylindrical die and steel rule die cutting uses a bandsaw or laser cutter. Die cut materials can range from paper, rubber and wood, to metal and glass. The blade is the most meticulously crafted piece of die cutting equipment, the die must be shaped precisely to cut effectively and generate minimal scrap waste.
I would not include laser cutting under the die cutting heading. Neither would I include broaching or bandsawing. I'd say that if it's not a shaped blade cutting a shape into or out of flat stock then it not die cutting.